This piece has insane stretch. It is meant to be fitted across the body when on, so the size chart shows the measurements smaller than the body that is meant to be inside it. Order your true Elhoffer size.
Lindsay is modeling the Sample Medium. She has a 38” Bust, 33” Waist, 43.5” Hip, and is 5’5”. The Sample Medium has a 33.5" Bust, 28.5" Waist, and 32.5" Hip; it fits Lindsay perfectly stretched out.
Christina-Marie is modeling the M. She has a 40” Bust, 29” Waist, 41” Hip, and is 5’8. She is our Medium Fit Model.
Victoria is modeling the 3X. She has a 51” Bust, 47” Waist, 58” Hip, and is 5’4.
Dawn is wearing a Production 3XL. She is 5’6” and has a 51” Bust, 44” Waist, and 58” Hip.
Anastasia is wearing a Production XL, and she can fluctuate between XL and 2XL. She is 5’9” and has a 45.5” Bust, 39.5” Waist, and 51.5” Hip.
Malinda is modeling the XS. She has a 36" Bust, 26” Waist, 36" Hip and is 5’3".
Kit is wearing a Production XS. She is 5’7” and has a 36” Bust, 26” Waist, and 38” Hip.
Depending on the style you can go down or up based on your own personal preference for fit and look. Different body shapes may also fit better in a different size. Our pieces tend to have very nice stretch.
If you're unsure of what to size off of, the chest for tops/dresses tends to be the most important measurement to check as our pieces have such a good stretch that even if you're more rectangular shaped with a waist nearly matching your bust, the waist of the garment will very likely stretch to fit!
Also the larger a garment gets the more it can stretch as it has even more spandex in it! So smaller sizes can stretch 3-5" while larger sizes can stretch 5-10".
Are you Petite? You likely will want to size down in spandex dresses and tops as they're so stretchy. So if our models with similar measurements to you but tall are wearing a given size you may prefer to go down one size in spandex. Knitwear cardigans and tops may be similar but if something says it has less stretch than our usual knits we wouldn't recommend sizing down. And of course additional hemming may be necessary for things with skirts.
Are you Tall? We don't recommend sizing down as the garments will be shorter on you. We wouldn't recommend sizing up as the shoulders and body may be too large for you. We recommend ordering the size comparable models are wearing.
When we have combined sized styles it means you should still buy the size intended for your measurements. However combined sizes tend to be oversized so you can go down if you'd like a less oversized fit. (It's best to only go down if you are the smaller of the two combined sizes, if you're the second size in a combo size you may hate the tighter fit)
Care: Nearly everything we make is recommended to be hand washed on cold water and dried flat.
For BEST care: Dry Clean if you have a cleaners you like and trust.
We personally throw almost everything in the wash (often with color catcher sheets) inside out on cold; then we drape over our chairs or on a drying rack to let it all dry. This is the best way to care for most RTW Apparel.
Stretch Vinyl: Spot cleaned and sprayed with vodka if you don't want to dry clean yet (Vinyl doesn't do well around ANY kind of heat)
Spandex/Ponte de Roma: Cold Wash, hang or dry flat (hanging to dry can cause it to stretch out). We also recommend color catching sheets when washing Spandex or Ponte as color in the fabric can be shed over many washes.
Velvet: We've turned our velvet pieces inside out and washed them in delicate wash on cold and in garment bags, then laid the piece across our bed to dry. Velvet hates heat so never put in the dryer. We've been fine steaming velvet with a hand steamer. Best care is to dry clean.
Snagged or Pulled a knit piece? Get a Snag Repair Tool, which you can buy on Amazon or in your local sewing shop. This repair tool is easy to use, but there's a great tutorial video if you want help!
Storage: Sweaters should be stored folded, never stored hung up as it can stretch and warp them. Spandex and Ponte can be stored hung up but be aware they can also stretch over time if a heavy dress or skirt.
For In Stock Items we take 3-7 days to ship.
If you live in Los Angeles we offer pickups at The Perky Nerd that are dropped by Fridays of every week, just add the 'Pickup' listing to an order you'd like dropped at TPN!
All discounted stock purchases are FINAL SALE - no returns/exchanges. Returns of full price and preorder apparel are to store credit (never expires). Shipping is non-refundable. We do not allow any cancellations.